The proposal, which is likely to be quickly followed by a planning application, will be a revised version of a scheme for 50 houses, that was rejected and later dismissed at appeal in 2011.

Last autumn, West Hill residents gave their views on where housing should be built in the village under EDDC’s Local Plan until 2026.  The land next to Eastfield was listed as one of the possible locations for building.  The other locations deemed acceptable by residents, were land opposite McColls and a small piece of land at Windmill Lane.

I will not be formally commenting as an EDDC councillor or Ottery St Mary Town councillor, on the forthcoming application at Eastfield, as my parents live nearby and I have been advised by EDDC’s monitoring officer, to declare an interest. 

I will however, be keeping people informed about the plans.

The letter to councillors from Alex Graves of PCL Planning, states:

“Blue Cedar Homes are preparing a planning application to be submitted to the Council later this year. Blue Cedar Homes are a developer of specialist retirement housing. It is envisaged that the application will comprise of up to 29 houses.

“The development would focus around a scheme of specialist retirement housing and would also include a mix of general market housing and affordable housing (to meet a previously identified local need). This land is also uniquely placed to provide an area of land for the school.

“You are invited to hear more about the scheme and to discuss thoughts and ideas with members of the project team. There will be an opportunity to leave feedback which we will then use to help shape the proposals.”

A public exhibition is to be held at the West Hill Royal British Legion, School Lane. The event is on Wednesday 1st May and will be open to the public from 2.30pm – 7pm

West Hill has been allocated 35 houses until 2026 in EDDC’s Local Plan.